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Old 07-19-2005, 05:04 PM   #1
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Bush Nominates Federal Appeals Court Judge John C. Roberts Jr. for Supreme Court Vacancy
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 07:46:04 PM

President Bush chose federal appeals court judge John G. Roberts Jr. on Tuesday as his first nominee for the Supreme Court, selecting a rock solid conservative whose nomination could trigger a tumultuous battle over the direction of the nation's highest court, a senior administration official said.

Bush offered the position to Roberts in a telephone call at 12:35 p.m. after a luncheon with the visiting prime minister of Australia, John Howard. He was to announce it later with a flourish in a nationally broadcast speech to the nation.

Roberts has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since June 2003 after being picked for that seat by Bush.

Advocacy groups on the right say that Roberts, a 50-year-old native of Buffalo, N.Y., who attended Harvard Law School, is a bright judge with strong conservative credentials he burnished in the administrations of former Presidents Bush and Reagan. While he has been a federal judge for just a little more than two years, legal experts say that whatever experience he lacks on the bench is offset by his many years arguing cases before the Supreme Court.

Liberal groups, however, say Roberts has taken positions in cases involving free speech and religious liberty that endanger those rights. Abortion rights groups allege that Roberts is hostile to women's reproductive freedom and cite a brief he co-wrote in 1990 that suggested the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion.
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Roberts has taken positions in cases involving free speech and religious liberty that endanger those rights. Abortion rights groups allege that Roberts is hostile to women's reproductive freedom and cite a brief he co-wrote in 1990 that suggested the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 high court decision that legalized abortion.







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A conservative but how conservative it is hard to judge.
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never heard of him...going to research him now, although if he's anything like Bork as you say, I'll give him a hearty

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In his defense, Roberts told senators during his 2003 confirmation hearing that he would be guided by legal precedent. "Roe v. Wade is the settled law of the land. ... There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent."

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George, I defended you! "Let's wait and see" I said. "He might choose a moderate, a consensus candidate....give him a chance".

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It was a given that Bush would choose a conservative. When Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor, he fully expected a conservative himself. Thankfully, she proved to be more independent-minded than he expected. And I don't even want to know what Bush, Sr. was thinking when he appointed David Souter, one of the most liberal judges of recent memory.

What the Senate will have to do is probe him based on his record, which, when compared to many of Bush's filibustered nominees, seems like he has a fairly spotless, yet undeniably conservative record.

The good news is that many Republican appointees in the judiciary have been the ones ruling in favor of things from gay marriage to unplugging Terri Shiavo. Maybe Bush will regret appointing someone who has a record of being faithful to the law, rather than being some reckless ideologue like Scalia or Thomas.

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I don't know anything about the guy. That will change. Something tells me I'm not exactly going to be crazy about the guy.
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For those wondering what Roberts is like, there was a rather in-depth article written about him in February. The buzz about him becoming a Supreme Court justice was going even back then:

http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1108389946956

It's interesting, really.

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Heh...I was reading the Democrats' reaction to his nomination. It's a lot like my reaction: kind of an implicit "I don't know much about him, but, outwardly, he doesn't seem to be as rabid as Scalia or other recently filibustered appointees." Right now, it's more of a cautious "wait-and-see" approach.

I hope that Democrats take the time to ask him all kinds of questions, and I hope that Roberts answers them directly, without skirting the questions like some of Bush's appointees like to do. If he starts avoiding questions, that's when I'm going to start expecting a filibuster.

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lets see what happens when he gets to the senate....
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